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Kids returning to school after concussions often have vision problems

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Children who suffer concussions often experience vision problems, which, if not identified, can affect their academic performance in school, according to a cross-sectional cohort study published in the American Academy of Optometry’s journal Optometry and Vision Science. Researchers, led by Mark. W. Swanson, OD, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, analyzed records from January 2007 to October 2013 for 276 Alabama children who suffered concussions and experienced at least three concussion-related symptoms for at least 10 days. Nearly 30 percent reported academic problems following their head injury, which were primarily attributed to vision problems, hearing disturbances, and trouble concentrating. The ... Read More

New Railroad Crossing Safety Ad Targets Male Drivers

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The Department of Transportation is taking aim at young male drivers with a graphic new video showing what happens when a passenger vehicle fails to yield for a train. The ad, produced as a collaborative effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), shows a freight train plowing into the side of a SUV stopped on the tracks. The train brakes, but not soon enough to prevent the SUV from being demolished. But that it is the point the ad conveys: “Stop! Trains Can’t.” U.S. regulators made the ad because many drivers don’t ... Read More

J&J attempt to delay Missouri talc trials denied again

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According to Law360, Johnson and Johnson’s request to delay upcoming talc trials has been denied by the Missouri Court of Appeals. The next trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 6 in St. Louis. The case is brought by more than 60 women and family members who allege that the company’s talc-containing products cause ovarian cancer and that the company failed to warn them of this risk. Five other trials are scheduled to follow the one in February. Johnson and Johnson questioned the jurisdiction of the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis as most of the 1,350 plaintiffs with pending claims are ... Read More

Mother of Woman Killed By Robotic Machine Sues Alabama Hyundai Supplier

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The mother of an Alabama woman crushed to death by a robotic machine in June has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Cusseta, Ala. automotive supplier where she worked and a staffing agency. Regina Allen Elsea, 20, of Five Points, Ala., was employed at the Ajin USA manufacturing facility, which makes parts for Hyundai and Kia. On June 8, Ms. Elsea and three coworkers were sent to reactivate a robotics machine that had become jammed. The machine abruptly restarted during the cleaning process with Ms. Elsea inside the operation zone. Ms. Elsea was taken to East Alabama Medical Center and ... Read More

Hyundai Supplier, Staffing Agencies Fined $2.5M After Alabama Woman’s Crushing Death

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A Korean auto supplier in Cusseta, Ala., and two Opelika staffing agencies face fines of more than $2.5 million for safety violations that contributed to the death of a 20-year-old east Alabama woman two weeks before her wedding. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hit Ajin USA, Alliance Total Solutions, and Joynus Staffing Corp. with a total of 27 citations for safety violations found during an inspection of the Ajin plant in Cusseta.  Ajin is a global auto parts supplier with plants in South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the U.S. It manufactures parts for Hyundai and Kia and employs ... Read More

Foster care needs increase dramatically in Alabama

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The number of children in foster care in Alabama jumped by 359 cases to 5,575 in the 12 months ending November 2016, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR). The number of cases is constantly changing as children leave and enter the system, says DHR public information officer Barry Spear. Generally, Alabama is on par with neighboring states in the number of cases the state sees. Nearly a third of foster care cases (30.08 percent) are the result of parental drug abuse. The most common reason children are put in foster care is because of neglect (17.53 percent), ... Read More

Credit Card Skimming Suspects Operating in Several States Nabbed in Alabama

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Only two days left before Christmas and most people are focused on family and friends and maybe finishing last minute shopping. But arrests made earlier this week by law enforcement agencies in Dale and Baldwin County, Ala., serve as a reminder that thieves can take the fun out of the holidays and much more from our wallets. Attorney General Luther Strange, Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker and the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office took down a multi-state theft operation on Wednesday. According to the Dothan Eagle, Reiner Perez Rives, age 34, and Eunises Llorca Meneses, age 30, both of the Orlando, ... Read More

“It’s not the location that makes a venue difficult for corporations like J&J, it’s the facts.”

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In a recent press release, Plaintiffs’ attorneys in the talc cases against Johnson and Johnson come forward to speak on behalf of Missouri courts, which are being portrayed by some media as “judicial hellholes.” These attorneys who represent women whose ovarian cancer has been linked to perineal use of Johnson’s talc-containing products, claim that this information is coming straight from corporate-funded defense lawyers and organizations and is “misguided and insulting to juries.” “These attacks on the civil justice system are trumpeted each year by organizations that are bought and paid for by corporate interests,” said Allen Smith of Mississippi-based The ... Read More

Army Vet Severely Injured By E-Cigarette Explosion Sues Huntsville Vendor

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A Huntsville Army veteran who served two tours of Iraq and Afghanistan safely returned home to Alabama only to suffer severe injuries resembling some caused by a bomb blast when some e-cigarettes exploded in his pocket. In an interview with Huntsville’s WAFF, Tim Jensen said he stopped at a Huntsville vaping shop to buy some batteries for an e-cigarette. He purchased some he says were recommended by the store owner. But while driving down the road in Huntsville, Mr. Jensen suddenly felt heat building up within the pocket of his pants. “I just felt heat come from my pocket, just ... Read More

Two federal MDLs appoint women as co-lead counsels, the legal community discusses diversity in MDL leadership

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Recently the New Jersey Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer and Law.com published articles noting that the leadership in multidistrict litigation (MDL) is traditionally dominated by men. Law.com said that Hunter Shkolnik, of New York’s Napoli Shkolnik, acknowledged a “big problem in leadership” of MDLs in general when it comes to diversity in gender and race. After the article was published, Shkolnik would be appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana along with Karen Barth Menzies and Abby E. McClellan ,who were also ... Read More